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The Best Funny Folk Songs 

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Updated May 25, 2019 438 votes 210 voters 12k views 41 items

There is nothing quite like a truly funny folk song. Folk music seems naturally suited to comedy, and many of these top funny folk songs will make you laugh out loud.

What makes good funny folk songs? It helps if born comedians are doing the singing, and very few artists mastered hilarious folk tunes like the Smothers Brothers. Brothers Tom and Dick Smothers enjoyed years of success making audiences laugh at their folk satire songs, most notably on the 1960s TV show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. You’ll find several of this duo’s funniest folk songs listed here.

Great comedy isn’t always easy to pull off, particularly in song, but every entry on this list ticks the boxes for top funny folk songs. Some of the artists might surprise you. Who knew Bob Dylan could be so funny? The same can be said for folk icons Simon and Garfunkel. Singer-songwriter and satirist Tom Lehrer also appears here on this list of funny folk music, and with good reason. Lehrer was a master satirist, and his silly folk songs are unforgettable.

Enjoy the videos of these famous funny folk songs, and be sure to vote for the best of the best!

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Talk Backwards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Funny Folk Songs
Gaetano Pucci added Talk Backwards Steve Goodman
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Susan Christie
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Malvina Reynolds
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Smothers Brothers
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The Father of a Boy Name... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Funny Folk Songs
Gaetano Pucci added The Father of a Boy Named Sue Shel Silverstein
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Woody Guthrie
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Simon and Garfunkel
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Weird Al Yankovic
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Gaetano Pucci added The Hand of the Almighty  John R Butler
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Bob Snider
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Flight of the Conchords
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Modern Talk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Funny Folk Songs
Gaetano Pucci added Modern Talk Shel Silverstein
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John Prine
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Saturday Night in Toledo... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Funny Folk Songs
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Life and the Song of Lif... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Funny Folk Songs
Gaetano Pucci added Life and the Song of Life Smothers Brothers
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Christine Lavin
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